Not once did I speak about his responsabilities to his sponsor.
However, some people, like Michael Clarke, carefully cultivate their image, their brand. They do everything to protect that image, grow it and profit from it. And they profit from it greatly. It comes at a price. Now there are lines that should not be crossed for example media camping at his house, but if he expects to have a quite one at the pub after he's involved in the biggest story in the country he's delusional and so are you.
The media have been truly shocking in this affair. It's a situation where no one has painted themselves which much glory but there are no victims here.
Rest In Peace Craigos
As much as the "famous for being famous" phenomenon annoys the living **** out of me, I have absolutely no sympathy for those who build their fortune through the attention of the media, and then complain about privacy when that same attention doesn't serve their purposes any more.
And Tom Cruise can go **** himself.
Andy, not Nathan. NOT Nathan. My left hand is reserved for lighting cigarettes.
You're right - he (and Bingle) clearly deserve no respect from the public when going through a relationship breakup. Maybe he shouldn't realistically expect not to be hassled by gawking bogans, but they're the ones with a problem, not him. To say that he brought it on himself is tagging the victim as the guilty party. In this case - a) nothing he's done should damage his brand. b) nothing he was doing at the pub should damage his brand - he asked, not rudely by all accounts, not to be photographed. It was his friend who got aggro.
I think the issue that you and a lot of people have with him is shown in your comment that "some people carefully cultivate their image". That carries an unmistakable tang of disapproval unless I'm much mistaken - that by seeking sponsorship opportunities he's done something sordid and that he's now getting his just desserts when it turns on him. I don't get why that should be the case. I don't really think he's done anything untoward to 'cultivate' his image. Often, and I'm not saying this is why in your case, that hostility seems to stem from a perception that because of people like Clarke's success in getting sponsors they are overrated in terms of their profession, and perhaps even exempt from the levels of scrutiny others get. And hence, he deserves what he gets when the media cycle turns.
I don't accept that people who make themselves available to the media, or even court the media, deserve what occurs when the media turns on them. The media say that "they couldn't survive without us" but they don't acknowledge the truth that they the media are the parasitic ones in the relationship - they create and destroy 'celebrities' to amuse themselves and make easy money. If we acknowledge there's a lack of fairness about who gets offered the chance to become celebrity idols, we should also acknowledge that most of us would take that chance as well, especially if it were offered to us in our early 20s.
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At the end of the day, I don't judge, dislike or have any feelings of schadenfreude towards any party involved. I just note that people make choices and their choices have trade offs and consequences that they have to live with.
At no stage did I criticise Clarke for his behaviour. All I asked is, what did he expect?
If you sell the story of your engagement for $$$, I don't see how you can be surprised when you split up that the media are all over it. Especially if you sold another story for $$$ about your private life just a week earlier. There's definitely a distinction between players who take on sponsorship deals and have a certain image, and people who actually sell stories of their personal lives to the media.
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You can't say "I only want to be in the papers and magazines when I'm making some cash out of it".
Far, far more famous people than Michael Clarke and Lara Bingle manage to keep themselves pretty quiet.
R.I.P Craigos, you were a champion bloke. One of the best
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Clarke's media appearance this morning was amazing. He's the most media savvy person to come out of Australian cricket ever. Rest assured if he's captain there will never be any controversy started from something he said at a press conference. He was cool, calm and very gracefully pushed aside any specific questions about his private life.
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